Sleep under the stars in the Atlas Mountains, surf the wild Atlantic beach breaks or book a city break in a riad at the heart of the medina. We’ve selected our favourite hotels across Morocco – Fes, Essaouira, Marrakech and even the Sahara Desert – bookable on Culture Trip.
Morocco draws in travellers who want to explore Marrakech’s vast souks and immerse themselves in Berber culture. The warm Arabic welcome is a key reason so many return time and again to this North African country. Expect personalised service, tranquil infinity pools, cool marble hammams and the country’s finest cuisine at these top hotels.
To sleep in a remote overnight camp in the Sahara Desert is an experience not to be missed. Here, levels of luxury and comfort reach new heights. Large white tents have rustic-chic furnishings, and a personal butler service is provided for each. Dinner is a simple four-course menu blending Moroccan and French cuisine that might include a vegetable soup, Moroccan savoury pastries, a beef tagine and chocolate soufflé for dessert, cooked in the camp kitchen and served by candlelight. Alcohol is not served, but you can bring your own.
Located in the rural Ouirgane Valley, just 45 minutes from Marrakech, L’Amandier has stunning views of the surrounding Atlas Mountains from its infinity pool. Its rooms also benefit from breathtaking views of smaller peaks and the red soil that covers the valley. Enjoy farm-to-table seasonal food at the restaurant, a clay tennis court and private yoga classes on site, as well as guided Berber village tours and full-day hiking expeditions.
Meaning “house of dreams”, Dar Ahlam is a luxury lodge in the desert oasis city of Skoura. It’s made up of 14 rooms alongside a palm-shaded swimming pool, hammam and candle-lit massage room. As part of the nightly rates, you are invited to explore the region – a picnic in the palm groves, lunch under a tent lakeside or even a night spent in the Sahara Desert. Enjoy French fine dining at the on-site restaurant with ingredients sourced locally – make sure you try the amlou, a delicious spread made from crushed almonds and argan oil.
Head on up to the rooftop terrace at Dar Nour, where 360-degree views of the Strait of Gibraltar, the old city of Tangier and the 11th-century ramparts are visible. Meals are served under the stunningly blue skies as the wind blows off the sea. Don’t miss sunset cocktails starting from 6:30 p.m. The cosy salon spaces throughout respect the Moroccan tradition of hospitality – a place to relax and meet others in true Moroccan decor. This place isn’t just for couples or romantic getaways; single rooms are available, too.
Mandy Sinclair contributed additional reporting to this article.